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Gunning for gold: Director James Gunn gets creative with 'Guardians of The Galaxy'

By Zaki JufriMovies - 29 July 2014 6:00 AM | Updated 11 August 2014

Gunning for gold: Director James Gunn gets creative with 'Guardians of The Galaxy'

‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ director, James Gunn, believes he is put here on this Earth just to make this movie.

“I feel that I am engineered by God to make this movie,” he told inSing. 

“I love Marvel superheroes. I love space epics and raccoons. Who else can make this movie but me? It was what I was put on Earth for,” he said beaming.

Gunn was recently in Singapore for the South-east Asian tour for ‘Guardians’, a movie about a group of galactic misfits-turned-heroes starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. 

He pressed home the point that it would be the biggest Marvel movie yet. 

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Gunn on set with Michael Rooker (Yondu)

A $170-MILLION GAMBLE

The movie is a US$170-million gamble for Marvel because it features some of the company’s most obscure characters.

And unlike previous movies, it is set entirely in space.

If ‘Guardians’ succeeds to the degree that most box-office “seers” predict, it would be a huge win for Marvel, demonstrating its ability to make hit movies with a wide variety of lesser-known characters. Advanced tracking is projecting that the movie will gross at least US$60 million (S$75 million) over its opening weekend in the US. 

Read also: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' for Dummies: Comic book origins of Marvel's strangest superheroes 

The buzz surrounding the movie has been so positive that even before it premieres on the big screen this Thursday, Marvel has green-lit a sequel and announced at the San Diego Comic Con over the weekend of 26 July that it has signed Gunn to write and direct it

‘Guardians 2’ is scheduled to hit cinemas in July 2017. 

STRETCHING MARVEL’S WINGS

The 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Gunn, 43, who previously worked on cult genre movies such as ‘Super’ and ‘Slither’ with modest US$3 million budgets, said he found studio executives were keen to go off-tangent and give him enough rope to make ‘Guardians’. 

“This is a great way for Marvel to stretch their wings and discover new areas of its cinematic universe,” Gunn said. 

Read also: Science fiction movies a pull for Zoe Saldana

“This movie is more a space-action adventure film like ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ meets ‘Empire Strikes Back’ than a superhero film,” the self-confessed hardcore comic-book fan said when asked how he would characterise the movie.

“Marvel don’t just make superhero movies but genre movies of different types. ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ was an action espionage thriller, and ‘Avengers’ was an ensemble action movie with a large amount of comedy that a lot of people didn’t expect,” he pointed out. 

Gunn speaking with the writer at the red carpet event of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' in Singapore

Unlike Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and Hulk, Peter Quill and his team of misfits are not well known by mainstream audiences. That allowed Gunn to take some creative licence with the movie. 

“One of the advantages about making a movie about characters that not a lot of people know is that I have a lot of freedom to build them from the ground up. Unlike Thor and Captain America, I am creating a whole new galaxy that sits besides the Earth-bound heroes. That is the greatest pleasure a creative person can have,” he said.

Out of all the characters in the movie, the director told inSing that he absolutely loves the gun-toting Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Cooper), whom he describes as “the heart of the movie”.

“I relate to Rocket. He’s an angry little mangled oddball who eventually learns to have a family,” he said.

“I think I spent my life being just that.” 

‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ opens in cinemas 31 July 2014


Zaki Jufri (@mzplusj) is inSing.com's arts, entertainment and film editor

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  • Guardians Of The Galaxy

    (2014)
  • Rated
    PG13 /
    Genre
    Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
  • Language
    Eng
  • (7 Reviews)